Category Archives: Marvel

Chatting With Comic Quirks

I spoke to Jimmy at Comic Quirks about growing up reading comics, writing iconic characters, writing structure, and more. Check it out.

Zub Comics Arriving January 2021

STRANGER THINGS and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #3 (of 4)
Jody Houser (W), Jim Zub (W), Diego Galindo (A), MsassyK (C),
E. M. Gist (Cover), Anna Dittmann (Variant Cover),
David Michael Beck (Variant Cover), Toni Infante (Variant Cover)
On sale January 6, 2021

Months have passed since Eleven defeated the Mindflayer by closing a gate to the Upside Down–saving her friends and probably the world. Life is rapidly changing for the young group of friends and despite all they have been through they are finding time to play D&D again. This time, new members are joining the party.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #19 (Legacy #294)
JIM ZUB (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by GEOFF SHAW

CONAN’S QUEST IN THE LAND OF THE LOTUS!
CONAN’s march to Khitai has landed him as the prisoner of the imperial guard…but it will take more than chains to keep a Cimmerian down! As Conan plans his escape, what dreaded beasts lurk in the land of Khitai, and what new dangers will impede his quest to return the TOOTH OF THE NIGHTSTAR to its rightful master? The travels of Conan the Barbarian continue with the perfect jumping-on point for new or lapsed readers! Join us as we welcome new series penciler CORY SMITH to the Hyborian Age in this epic adventure!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE OMNIBUS (HC)
Written by AL EWING, DAN SLOTT, ROBBIE THOMPSON, JONATHAN HICKMAN, CHIP ZDARSKY, ANTHONY OLIVEIRA, ALEX PAKNADEL, GERRY DUGGAN, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, JIM ZUB, KELLY THOMPSON,
CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN & MORE
Penciled by HUMBERTO RAMOS, MATTIA DE IULIS, JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ, PEPE LARRAZ, R.B. SILVA, VALERIO SCHITI, SEAN IZAAKSE, MATTEO BUFFAGNI, LUCAS WERNECK, ANDREA BROCCARDO, JORGE MOLINA, MANUEL GARCIA, ALEX LINS, THOMAS NACHLIK, GREG SMALLWOOD, ARIEL OLIVETTI, CARLOS MAGNO, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, PACO MEDINA, CORY SMITH, JON DAVIS-HUNT, GUIU VILANOVA, LAN MEDINA & MORE
Cover by JIM CHEUNG

The entire intergalactic event! When the long-warring Kree and Skrull races unite under a new emperor and set a course for Earth, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four stand in the way! But another alien race is working in the shadows, and soon the galaxy will face a far deadlier threat than its two most powerful empires combined! As a three-way war rages across Earth, Captain Marvel, Venom, the X-Men and more feel the effects — and the fallout will be huge for the Avengers and FF!

Collecting INCOMING #1; ROAD TO EMPYRE: THE KREE/SKRULL WAR; EMPYRE #0: AVENGERS; EMPYRE #0: FANTASTIC FOUR; EMPYRE #1-6; EMPYRE AFTERMATH: AVENGERS; EMPYRE FALLOUT: FANTASTIC FOUR; EMPYRE: X-MEN #1-4; LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING, CELESTIAL MESSIAH and SWORDSMAN; EMPYRE: SAVAGE AVENGERS; EMPYRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-3; EMPYRE: AVENGERS #1-3; X-MEN (2019) #10-11; FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #21-23; CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019) #18-21; IMMORTAL SHE-HULK #1; WEB OF VENOM: EMPYRE’S END; BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #7-8; and EMPYRE HANDBOOK..
1088 PGS./Rated T+ …$125.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-92825-4
Trim size: 7-1/4 x 10-7/8

DISNEY KINGDOMS: FIGMENT (TPB)
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE & RAMÓN BACHS
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
One of Disney’s most popular characters — Figment, the ever-curious star of Epcot’s mind-bending attraction Journey into Imagination — stars in all-new adventures! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the astonishing inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created the purple dragon called Figment! Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike — but back on Earth, a clockwork army is assembling under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Dreamfinder and Figment find themselves in a time and place not their own, mysteries unfold — and old friends return! Can the imaginative adventurers put their heads together to help stop the world from falling into darkness?

Collecting FIGMENT #1-5 and FIGMENT 2 #1-5.
272 PGS./Ages 9 & Up …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92661-8
Trim size: 6 x 9

Empyre: Avengers #2 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: “Zub remains one of Marvel’s most consistent writers, delivering an action-packed issue with solid emotional beats.”

But Why Tho: 8/10 “an incredibly enjoyable tie-in issue to the exciting event. Zub is one of the best writers for coordinating huge casts of characters”

Comicbook.com: 8/10 “It offers a unique juxtaposition on what’s otherwise a very earthy aesthetic to Empyre: Avengers created by the plant-based enemies.”

Comic Book University: “This was a really good issue, as to be expected.”

Comic-Watch: 8.3/10 “Jim Zub melds the tension in the plot with the humor of the dialogue to create a comic that is just fun to read, while Carlos Magno and Espen Grundetjern do a wonderful job putting the exotic Cotati and magical effects of Scarlet Witch and Doctor Voodoo on the page.”

Empyre: Avengers #1 Reviews

Adventures in Poor Taste: 8/10 “The strength of this book is how it uses characters who don’t usually get a lot of page time. It’s a breath of fresh air, since it allows for more exciting interactions we don’t usually see.”

Bleeding Cool: “The art is the most interesting of the Empyre books I’ve read so far. Artist Carlos Magno and colorist Espen Grundetjern create a hyper-realistic vision of the Marvel Universe together with a slight painterly touch.”

But Why Tho: “The art of Empyre: The Avengers #1 does a great job capturing its moments. Magno uses some great choices of perspective to give what could’ve been a standard mission briefing some extra life. That, coupled with his ability to put the reader right in the middle of the action, creates an all-around excellent illustrative performance.”

Candid Clark: 8/10 “…an action-packed comic filled with great moments from the Avengers that will likely not appear in the main event title. It was nice seeing lesser known heroes, like Doctor Voodoo, the Black Knight and Wonder Man in action.”

Comic Corner: 8/10 “With some fan favorite characters and some surprise appearances, this has everything an Avengers fan wants.”

Comic Crusaders: 9.2/10 “Jim Zub could easily make this crossover book into filler, but instead adds enough character moments to keep the issue interesting and make it vital to the larger story.”

ComicBook.com: 8/10 “…it’s refreshing to see some of the lesser-known characters have their time to shine before we hop right to calling in the core Avengers team.”

Danger Mart: 9/10 “Magno’s layouts carry the eye across the page and he fills the panels with good looking active, good guys and bad guys.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “The deep roster of characters allow this book to focus in on other Avengers besides just Cap and Iron Man.”

Fortress of Solitude: 8.5/10 “A great front line set issue as the Cotati war erupts all over Earth…I can’t wait for the second part of this three part story.”

Tsunami Studios: “I think [Zub] really understands what this book is and what it’s supposed to be, because holy cow is this issue fun. I loved every second of it.”

Geek Top Five: X-Men Movie Draft

On the Geek Top Five podcast I drafted an X-Men movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Geeks plus fellow guests Wai Ting and Alejandro Alcoba. Each of us had to pull together a story on the spot based on the heroes and villains we drafted and it gets pretty wild. Give it a listen!

Talking With ComicPOP!

Sal Crivelli from ComicPOP and I had a wonderful conversation about comics, conventions, storytelling and working on books like Avengers and Conan the Barbarian. It was a really fun chat and I hope you check it out. Lots of fun anecdotes in there.

Empyre: Avengers Interview at Newsarama

Our release date has been put in limbo for now, but there’s still a lot of exciting stuff to talk about coming up in Empyre: Avengers, so I chatted with Chris Arrant at Newsarama all about it.

Who answers the call to assemble and what is this team up against? Click on through and find out while gawking in amazement at the artwork of Carlos Magno and Espen Grundetjern.

Talking Comics with the Marvelists

I spoke to Peter and Eddie at The Marvelists all about my work in comics, deep-diving on Pathfinder, Red Sonja, Thunderbolts, continuity, working on characters with long histories, tabletop gaming, and a whole lost more! Give it a listen.

Conan the Barbarian #14 Reviews

Big Comic Page: “…demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of all the Cimmerian’s traits which have made him so incredibly popular since his adventures were first published in ‘Weird Tales’ magazine way back in 1932.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “It’s unclear exactly where things are going to go next for this warrior, but the ride Jim Zub, Roge Antonio, and company are crafting seems worth the ride.”

Comic-Watch: 8.5/10 “Roge Antonio and Israel Silva create a dark yet enticing environment for Conan and his new companions to trek through as they make their way closer to whatever awaits them in the end.”

Paint Monk’s Library: 8.5/10 “The journey’s the thing, and this has been a thrilling one thus far.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9/10 “Roge Antonio delivers some beautiful art throughout this issue…The action is fantastic and I can’t wait to see how this mystery unfolds.”

The Beat: “Zub is getting into a groove here that I think is worth checking out.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.7/10 “This is not Jason Aaron’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN but it is highly enjoyable and packed with a thoroughly planned and well-organized backstory that Zub quickly establishes to ensnare his audience…I simply can’t rave about this issue enough.”

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in June 2020

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #17 (Legacy #292)
JIM ZUB (W) • ROBERT GILL (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
“THE CURSE OF THE NIGHTSTAR” CLAIMS CONAN!
CONAN has escaped the Great Crucible, but his “March to Khitai” has just begun! Conan now possesses the TOOTH OF THE NIGHTSTAR, a mighty weapon liberated from the Uttara Kuru leadership. But if he’s not careful, the sword will possess him! A dark force is bound to the mystic blade, a spirit hungering for souls—including the Cimmerian’s! And It. Must. Feed!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE: AVENGERS #3 (of 3)
Jim Zub (W) • Carlos Magno (A) • COVER BY Paul Renaud
Variant cover by Paco Medina
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are caught in a conflict against nature itself as the soul of the Savage Land hangs in the balance.
Guest-starring Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil and the macabre Man-Thing!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

EMPYRE: THE INVASION OF WAKANDA #2 (OF 3)
Jim Zub (W) • LAN MEDINA (A)
COVER BY Dustin Weaver
VARIANT COVER BY KIM JACINTO
WAKANDA UNDER SIEGE!
• Alien weapons, psychic spirits, ancient magic — T’Challa prepared for war, but not even he could have foreseen the forces now brought to bear against his homeland.
• If the Great Vibranium Mound is lost to these invaders, our planet will follow…
• Yibambe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL COMICS: THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW TPB
Written by JOE SIMON, STAN LEE, STEVE GERBER, DAVID MICHELINIE, CHRIS CLAREMONT, SCOTT LOBDELL, PETER DAVID, J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, JOHN NEY RIEBER, ZEB WELLS, MARJORIE LIU, G. WILLOW WILSON, JIM ZUB & MORE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, GIL KANE, GENE COLAN, JOHN ROMITA JR., BUTCH GUICE, MARK PACELLA, RICHARD BENNETT, GARY FRANK, JOHN CASSADAY, TODD NAUCK, MIKE PERKINS, MIRKA ANDOLFO, SEAN IZAAKSE & MORE
Cover by STÉPHANE ROUX
The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window — from the moment Captain America charged into battle in World War II to the present day! Marvel’s characters face relevant and real-life issues alongside their extraordinary adventures — from grappling with alcoholism to participating in politics to celebrating diversity and everything in between! These powerful stories from Marvel’s 80-year history feature iconic heroes tackling heavy-hitting subjects including drug abuse, teen suicide, HIV, terrorism, school shootings and more.

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #97, HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) #8, IRON MAN (1968) #128, NEW MUTANTS (1983) #45, ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #106, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #303, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #420, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #36, CAPTAIN AMERICA (2002) #1, ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #51, MS. MARVEL (2015) #13, CHAMPIONS (2016) #24 and material from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #2 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #583.
320 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92353-2